Law enforcement and cultural resource personnel work together to safeguard heritage.

Law enforcement and cultural resource personnel work together to safeguard heritage.

In 2006 the White House launched a major initiative called Preserve America.  It was timed to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act, and its intent is to chart a new course for national historic preservation.  It’s a gigantic initiative that encompasses the President’s Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, 12 major governmental agencies, and prominent non-profit preservation partners, like the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Parallel to this, albeit on a much tinier scale, is an event I coordinated on August 12-13, 2008 on the use of surveillance equipment for remote archaeological site surveillance.  Using funds provided by the Louisiana Army National Guard, NCPTT brought together as many major land-managing federal agencies as we could for two days to talk about how everyone is using this technology (or not).  Believe it or not, in its own humble fashion this little cog actually helps turn the enormous Preserve America wheel.

—David W. Morgan (NCPTT, A&C, blog 1)

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2 Responses to A Flea among Elephants: Surveillance & Preserve America

  1. Constance Ramirez says:

    David –

    As you probably know, we began funding Irv Taylor and LLLab about 1992 with DoD Legacy $$ to begin the applied research and development aspects of this project. I’m glad to see that it continues.
    Also, what about robotic aircraft surveillance? How’s that coming along?

    Connie

    • David W. Morgan says:

      Hi Connie!

      Indeed, this marks the continuation of several events, including a remote sensing workshop NCPTT co-hosted in 1999 in Panama City. As for aircraft, some of the early DoD recon drones are becoming more available, and the USFS has experimented with aerial methods probably more than any other non-military land management agency. There are, however, considerable difficulties with their use, ranging from high cost to FAA regulations.

      Thanks for the note!

      David

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